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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherBerkley Trade
File size3.6 Mb
Release date 01.07.2001
Pages count304
Book rating4.59 (241 votes)
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'Twas a quick and painless read with an eccentric and (mostly) affable narrator relating some humorous catch-22s, but:

(1) It wasn't nearly as funny as the quotes on the front and back covers suggest. There's no denying the guy has some unusual viewpoints, but I wouldn't say I laughed more times than I could count on one hand. (Of course, humor is different for everyone, blah blah.) I found It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini's fictionalization of his own stay in a mental health facility, much funnier...and, really, better in every possible way.

(2) The other people in the psych ward were dehumanized by the writing. This was the most difficult thing for me to forgive about the book. I get that calling them "nutjobs" and such is part of the author's style (which was sometimes used to be self-deprecating), but it often felt like he was simply having fun at the other patients' expense. This rarely amounted to more than documenting their behavior, with no artistic or creative spin. Yes, most of the characters silently followed their same routines day after day—some of them unresponsive to whatever else is happened around them—but, the way Knipfel writes it, he acted very much in the same way. If he were more convincing in the moments he turns the critical eye on himself—he does, but usual with a less-than-profound "Yeah, I'm a lunatic and a freak. So what?" attitude—this would be easier to forgive. (view spoiler)

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